So, I’ve received some e-mails from people commenting on how amazing my kitchen is, and how they would be cooking all the time if they lived in a kitchen like that, etc. etc. I could sense some resentment in some of the e-mails, and felt convicted to share something with you all. Here is the picture that sparked the comments:
I’d like to say that I have a kitchen like that. Oh, to have a 6-burner stove, an island with a sink, and beautiful natural light flowing in through the windows.
Alas, the above photo, friends, is not my kitchen.
HERE is my kitchen:
Yup. That’s it. And this is how it looks on a good day. Nothing to complain about, to be sure. When more than 60% of people in the world don’t have access to flush toilets, my kitchen looks pretty dang good.
You see, we all play the “compare and share” game. Compare ourselves to others, and then share that misery with others around us…whether we do it intentionally or not. Live with an ungrateful heart, and it’s bound to leak out at some point. I have those moments all the time. Our stupid dishwasher squeals when I open its door, and the sound is like nails on a chalkboard. I hate that dishwasher. But wait, I have a dishwasher. All I have to do is rinse my dishes, and put them in a little magic box and voila! They come out sanitized and shiny.
And my oven? The bottom drawer doesn’t roll out correctly. So every time I pull it out, I have to gingerly roll it back in so it doesn’t turn on its side. But hey, the stove works fine, the oven works fine, and gosh darn it, I can cook food with electricity!
We live in a manufactured home, and the walls are paper thin. Seriously, once a kid ran into the wall and a huge hole enveloped him. So the freakin’ what? We have walls around us, and a roof over our heads. When it rains, we’re dry and when it’s cold, we’re warm. Thanks to the company that provides insulation near me. If it’s hot, I turn a little switch and cold air comes pumping out of vents, keeping us comfortable at a cool 78 degrees.
So, so many things I complain about. Don’t get me wrong–I love my life. But I have “ungrateful” days just like anyone else. I’m just trying to be better about thanking God for the many, many blessings He’s given us instead of focusing on what appears to be greener grass on the other side.
I wanted to share these photos with you to show you a glimpse of reality. It’s easy on the interweb to peek into someone’s life and think they live perfection. In reality, a good camera, nice lighting and some fancy editing can go a long way. So don’t believe everything you see.
I didn’t intend to misrepresent myself in the top photo (which, by the way, was taken in my dear friend Leigh’s kitchen). Truth is, she just has such a beautiful setting for a photo!
So, there you have it. A look into the real Landon kitchen.
May your day today be filled with gratefulness for the things in your life that are way more important than material things.